He’s the celebrity crush, bromance champion of the world. Who doesn’t love Denzel Washington? That smile, genuine and radiating from the center of his heart. That voice. Firm and decisive like he knows something the rest of us are still trying to figure out. Denzel is the epitome of what Shine TYC is all about.
I read in Christianity Today that he reads the Bible daily before he leaves the house. He begins and ends his day in prayer and never makes a decision without first seeking God’s will. People who work with him understand him to be a man of faith — seriously. The son and namesake of a Pentecostal preacher, Denzel Jr. and his siblings were not allowed to go to the movies. Instead they could only watch Bible movies like “The Ten Commandments.” But in college Denzel caught the acting bug after being in a student production and decided to pursue a career. Aren’t we all glad he did?
In 1975 Denzel received a prophecy that he would speak to millions of people around the world. Years later, he discussed it with his pastor trying to decide whether or not he would become a minister. In time, Denzel came to understand that his vocation is also a form of preaching. He uses it to tell people about the goodness of God and what the Lord has done in his life. Oh, and Denzel and his wife Paulette are the voices of “Song of Solomon” for the Bible Experience. Hubba Hubba!
Denzel is COGIC (Church of God in Christ) and his faith is most evident in his good works. James 2:14 says “What good is it dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (NLT) Denzel is the national spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club of America, an organizations he says God used to guide him in his upbringing. He’s been on the board of directors since 1993. Denzel uses his $20 million per movie salary to help others including donating $2.5 million to help build a new facility for the West Angeles Church of God in Christ.
Denzel also illustrates for us the importance of Proverbs 22:6 and training our children up in Christ. Not unlike many PKs (preacher’s kids), Denzel became an adult and spent some time away from the church. In an interview with beliefnet, Denzel says, “When I was young, actually, it was an obligation. You had to go. It wasn’t necessarily what I wanted to do. But I lived in church morning, noon, night, weekends, Sundays, every day. So there was a time, between that time and as a young adult, where I moved away from the church because I was obligated to go. And I just found my way back, maybe 30 years ago, at 27–30 when I came out here.”
We’re glad you found your way back, Denzel. Continue to shine that big ol’ light that God has given you. PS. I have a movie I want you to direct. Call me.
Hey! You have not because you ask not. (James 4:2b) Now go light it up people! Denzel isn’t the only one called to shine. You are too. Get to work.
Kamryn Adams is an author, screenwriter and blogger who writes from a Christian worldview. She’s the founder of Leaping Lady Entertainment and The Kamryn Adams Group, a multimedia holding company. www.KamrynAdams.com